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Eric Thompson is a three-time presenter at SABR (Society for American Baseball Research) national conventions concerning baseball's first expansion between 1960 and 1962. A retired high school mathematics teacher and a life-long Cleveland Indians' fan, Thompson coached youth baseball and served as an assistant high school baseball coach for many years. Today Thompson plays softball in The Babes of 1916 senior league for players 65 and over. Eric lives in Solon, OH, with Colleen, his wife for 44 years. He has three grown children and four grandchildren.
In Baseball's LOST Tradition: Two Eight-Team Leagues, Thompson took on the challenge of researching and reporting the history of baseball's first organized expansion and then switched gears to a unique mathematical application to the statistical side of the game, all in the interest of his favorite topic, baseball. This year's poster presentation at the SABR national convention will reflect an extension of the mathematical application between 1961 and 1976.
On a different level, Thompson recently released the first two books in the Cooperstown Tales series: Book 1: A Providential Meeting and Book 2: A Trilogy. The series recounts the life in Cooperstown, NY, of two fictional characters, Vance Winkles and Connie Gillis, with a backdrop of factual (mostly baseball) history.
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